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Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Can I still do humira (adalimumab) shots if I have had skin cancer recently?

Yes: Humira (adalimumab) is associated with an increased incident of infections. You must be TB test negative and a negative screening test for heapatitis. There is a small long term risk of congestive heart failure, neurological problems and rarely lymphoma. Transplant drugs , not biologics are linked to increases risk of skin cancer after 5 years of use. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can i do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I dont want to get skin cancer

I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can i do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I dont want to get skin cancer

Tips: More sunscreen ( Most only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Use full ounce). Apply every 2 hrs when swimming or sweating. Apply 15 min BEFORE going out. SPF at least 30 (blocks 97% of sun's rays). ...Read more

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Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

At your own risk: It is not wise to stay in the sun without wearing sunblock. If you already have signs of skin cancer or skin damage from the sun, it is even more important for you t stay out of the sun and to protect your skin with proper clothing, a hat, sunblock. ...Read more

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If I have on SPF 10 sunscreen and lay out in the sun, do I still have chances of geting skin cancer?

If I have on SPF 10 sunscreen and lay out in the sun, do I still have chances of geting skin cancer?

Yes but lower: My recommendation is that you visit www.Skincancer.Org and find the link on sunscreens. Here you will find detailed information on sunscreens (types, correct use etc..). Sunscreens if used correctly are designed to provide protection to your skin from the harmful effects of uva & uvb by prolonging the time it takes for the skin to turn red (burn). The cancer risk is always there but minimized. ...Read more

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I was wondering how to tell the difference between skin cancer and eczema? I've never had eczema or a skin issue, but I recently found a single lesion

I was wondering how to tell the difference between skin cancer and eczema? I've never had eczema or a skin issue, but I recently found a single lesion

Lots of possibilities: Single lesions in dermatology can be a lot of things. Not typically eczema (which is a rash). If you have a lot of concerns, you can be checked. Until then, you can look at the size and if it keeps getting bigger, then show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?

Depends: When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed. If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time. ...Read more

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If i don't get sunburn easily, does that mean I am still at a high risk of skin cancer?

If i don't get sunburn easily, does that mean I am still at a high risk of skin cancer?

Even if you don't : Burn easily, that does not mean that you don't have potential to develop skin cancer. Protect your skin from solar damage. ...Read more

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Can you still enjoy the sun after having one skin cancer removed?

Can you still enjoy the sun after having one skin cancer removed?

Yes with protection: Sun block, long sleeves, and limiting time exposure to the sun is a "bright" way to avoid a recurrence of a already susceptible epidermis and previous cancer.. ...Read more

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Can you still enjoy being out in the the sun after having skin cancer?

Can you still enjoy being out in the the sun after having skin cancer?

Enjoy the warmth: As a mohs surgeon, i see a lot of patients with skin cancer. I tell them to enjoy the warmth of the sun- but not the rays. You can still go outside and enjoy your activities but be sure to cover up with clothing and sunscreen. Having one skin cancer means you have had enough sun in your lifetime to cause one to form. Reducing your sun exposure will help prevent future skin cancer. So cover up. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more